Life is our treasure but it doesn't come for free! Yes, we all have our challenges, to each of us in our own way. This painting was a small challenge, though important enough at the time. A severe winter storm was shrieking and rocking the house, throwing icy sleet at the glass, while I was secure inside, painting with spring on my mind.
It began as a softly sensuous abstract in delicate colors--until it wasn't! The storm and its sounds influenced the dark lines, fierce color, and petals that seemed more like a sharp beak. Fighting that harsh idea back for a while with lighter colors visible in the teal and yellow, eventually I gave in to the bird body that emerged by my hand from the storm raging outside. The bird who dares to fall is the bird who learns to fly. It's an allegory for the storms that renew our earth and ourselves, for how the environment impacts the outcome. Its message is to never give up! We have the capacity to overcome and to find new ways to be our better selves. Dare to fail and you just might soar!
My process for this painting was to use multiple photos combined with India ink lines and photographs of an alcohol in study I'd made plus digitally painted layers for further manipulation before printing it with pigmented ink on fine art paper.
In the end my process for this painting was to use multiple photos combined with India ink lines and photographs of an alcohol in study plus digitally painted layers for further manipulation before printing it with pigmented ink on fine art paper.
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